80TH COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN AT BIGGIN HILL
On Tuesday 15 September, otherwise known as ‘Battle of Britain Day’, the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar and FlyASpitfire.com played host to the Blades Aerobatic Team to mark the 80th anniversary of the greatest aerial battle ever, The Battle of Britain.
In a show arranged with Biggin Hill Airport and the hangar, the Blades – accompanied by a Hurricane sporting the colours of No 32 Squadron, and the ‘Spirit of Kent’ Spitfire – flew over some of the Battle of Britain airfields before landing back at Biggin Hill.
A very special guest for the day was former Spitfire and bomber pilot Flt Lt George Dunn, DFC, and the event received extensive media coverage on both the BBC and ITV, as well as in national papers.
The hangar’s Robin J Brooks had originally arranged to have 12 veterans attend from the Army, Navy and Air Force, but ended up with the unenviable task of selecting just one of them due to new Coronavirus rules coming in just days before the event.
However, the sight of seven aircraft in very tight formation, with the Blades also making smoke, was nothing short of spectacular in the sky on the day.
After landing, the pilots and their Extra 300 aircraft were on show for the media, with the last memorable photo of the day being Flt Lt George Dunn sitting next to one of the aircraft surrounded by the pilots (above).
The whole day was to raise awareness of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, of which George is this year’s ambassador.
Despte the new safety measures meaning they all had to follow the rule of six, with face masks and social distancing, the Blades and the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar were very proud that this was the only event in
the country to mark this special day with a flying display.